Thursday, July 5, 2007

Sunburn Remedies

With the decline in the ozone layer, sun damaged skin and sun burns can be prevalent everywhere in the world at practically any time of the year. Although many people suffer from burns from the sun, many people do not take treatment and prevention of these burns seriously. Repeated sunburn of the skin is strongly linked to skin cancer, and anyone who is serious about their overall general health should not take the burning power of the sun lightly. Remember, it is impossible to know how harsh the sun’s rays are on any given day. Cloud cover and fog can make you feel safe when in reality your skin is in for a burning surprise.

There are many ways to help your body recover from and help prevent sunburn. Here are a few:


1. Eat foods high in protein to help your body repair tissue, and eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables for the vitamins and minerals your body needs for healthy skin. Taking trace minerals will also help give the body what it needs.

2. Drink plenty of fluids, because sunburn dehydrates the body.

3. Drink horsetail tea or take supplements. Horsetail is a good source of silica which aids in tissue repair.

4. The protein amino acid L-Cysteine promotes the healing of burns, and can be taken as a supplement.


1. Sunburn prevention is the key to healthy skin. Avoid too much time in the sun, and protect yourself with a hat and light colored, light weight clothing.

2. Aloe vera is used in the burn units of some hospitals because of its amazing healing affects on burned skin. Gently apply a thin layer of gel to the affected area and reapply every hour until the pain is gone. It is best to use the gel from the leaf of an actual aloe vera plant.

3. There are many herbs that can be used externally to aid in relieving severe sunburn symptoms. An herbal bath of chamomile or lavender can be very helpful. Try using 6 cups of tea made from either herb in your water, or about 6 drops of the essential oil in your bath should do the trick. Comfrey, Calendula, and St. Johnswort have all been used in compressed that can be applied to the affected area. Tea tree oil helps heal skin burns and other skin irritations, and products rich with it can be helpful as well.

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